Re: Moff ahead of Brock
James Moffat has joined Glenn Seton at Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) bringing together three of Australian motorsport's greatest names.
Moffat is the son of four time Australian Touring car and four times Bathurst champion Allan Moffat.
Moffat Junior, who signed a four year deal to drive with DJR, starts his DJR association this weekend driving a Trend Windows backed V8 Ute at the Grand Prix.
"I'm absolutely over the moon, it's a privilege to be joining Dick Johnson Racing," James Moffat said.
"We initially got together at Symmons Plains last year; I had a chat to Dick and Steve Chalker about the possibility of having a run in one of the cars this year, which they thought was do-able.
"Then the team had a test in November last year and they invited me for a drive, which was very unexpected.
"It's been a dream of mine to drive a V8 Supercar, so to finally get the opportunity was pretty unreal, it was an awesome experience.
"I want to perform well this year in the Utes and do my best in testing for the team.
"The aim is the Development Series next year if it can be done and then my dream is a career as a full-time Championship driver, but I'm just starting out so let's just take one step at a time."
DJR General Manager Steve Chalker is impressed with Moffat and believes that he has the talent to go far as a driver.
"DJR kept a close eye on James during last year's Lotus Trophy races and he certainly showed a lot of potential," Chalker said.
"James did a good job steering a V8 Supercar during last year's final test, he drove smartly and didn't do anything silly, which again impressed us.
"He's got a year in the V8 BRute series and the odd test day to give him some miles.
"If he can come to grips with a V8 and show some resolve then he could find himself with a Development Series drive next year.
"We won't put any pressure on James, he needs to progress at his own pace.
When the time is right we'll steer him in the right direction."
Chalker is also quick to point out that James Moffat will have the opportunity to learn from four of the sports greats.
"Dick Johnson will give a lot of good tips to James to help him develop his racing career," Chalker said.
"For variety, James also gets to take advice from Glenn Seton, Allan Grice, who runs his Ute team, and his father of course, Allan Moffat.
"That's advice from racing superstars that have eleven national championships between them and nine Bathursts!
"I can think of many young drivers that would give an arm and a leg have that sort of experience guiding them through."